Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (207)

John Dennehy

Question:

326 Mr. Dennehy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount spent on archaeological excavations undertaken during road construction programmes in recent years; if he has satisfied himself that the taxpayer is receiving value for money; if the results of such studies are being made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2351/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The vast majority of projects/schemes carried out under my Department's non-national roads programme relate to pavement improvement works and do not require archaeological excavations.

In relation to the very small number of schemes where some archaeological excavations are required, the cost of any such works carried out would generally not be separately identified by the local authority concerned for my Department.